All-Ireland Club Finals: As They Happened

Updated: Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 21:11

Crossmaglen Rangers are All-Ireland club champions after overcoming St Brigid's of Roscommon Eoin Forde starred in Clarinbridge's win over O'Loughlin Gaels
Crossmaglen Rangers are All-Ireland club champions after overcoming St Brigid's of Roscommon Eoin Forde starred in Clarinbridge's win over O'Loughlin Gaels


1715 That's it from us. Don't forget that you can watch highlights of today's games on RTÉ Two at 7.30pm. Thanks for being with us and a special thanks to everybody who sent in a comment.

Congratulations to Clarinbridge and Crossmaglen Rangers.

Full-time: Crossmaglen 2-11 St Brigid's 1-11

60 + 2 min: That is indeed that. A late point by Crossmaglen gives them a three-point win over St Brigid's, and once again the Armagh outfit are crowned All-Ireland Football Club Champions.

60 + 2 min: That should be that. Senan Kilbride's free drops wide and there's surely no time now for Brigid's to rescue this.

1706 From Noleen Donaghy in Kent: Not only am I huffin to be working on st Paddy's day.. But devastated I'm missing Crossmaglen in Croke park! Looks like a lethal match. Hup cross..

60 min One of the biggest roars of the day greets the arrival on the pitch of Crossmaglen stalwart Francie Bellew.

59 min A loose pass is gathered by Senan Kilbride and he blasts it over the bar. Two in it.

58 min Another wide from St Brigid's and the clock is against the Connacht side now.

1701 From Tony Bass: Just to wish all of the thousand's of GAA players, officials and fans in the 50+ clubs in Europe, Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh, looking forward to seeing you at the 40+ tournaments to be played in Europe year!

54 min Frankie Dolan has a decent chance from a free for St Brigid's, but his effort goes wide. His side still has time here, but they need to take all their chances to pull this out of the fire.

53 min A sixth point for McConville, yet again from a free, makes it a three-point game once more.

1657 'Hello from pristina kosovo....Niall mullin listening live roaring on for my Co representatives from ros in Croker. Missing it all as on Eu duty but thank god for radio 1.... And hello to all in ballintubber.'

51 min Brigid's are not going away quietly. Karol Mannion reduces the margin to two. It's getting interesting now.

48 min Score of the day. From a standing position Senan Kilbride skies it but it still has enough to creep over Hearty's crossbar.

47 min That could, and probably should, have been game over. Jamie Clarke releases Oisin McConville who bears down on goal with only Martin to beat. McConville's shot goes over the bar but his wry smile afterwards suggests he knows it should have been a goal.

1650 From Philip Gormley in The Bahamas: Come on Cross....youse can do it....Happy St. Pats Day. No Irish pubs here, but I have the Pogues on in the car.

1649 From Sean Campbell: Hey lads am flicking between the website and AutoCAD at present, working away in north wales! I always go to corker on paddy’s day for the matches and am raggin that I am missing it!

43 min Senan Kilbride makes it five from five from frees, and six points in total for him for the day. Good response from Brigid's, but still three in it.

41 min McConville with another free extends Crossmaglen's lead and Brigid's will need a score very soon to keep themselves in contention here.

39 min Goal for Crossmaglen! It's that man Jamie Clarke again, this time capitalising on a knock-down from Stephen Kernan to rifle a shot past St Brigid's keeper Philip Martin. Can the Roscommon side respond like they did in the first half?

38 min Level again. Jamie Clarke, who has been very lively all day, exchanges passes with Stephen Kernan before taking his point.

33 min McConville taps over a simple free to reduce the lead to the minimum once more.

32 min Captain Frankie Dolan increases St Brigid's lead to two points. He had a man out wide who could have been in a goal-scoring position but Dolan opted for the point. Probably wiser.

1636 Today's attendance at Croke Park is 25,442.

1635 Back underway in Croke Park. All to play for. It's in the melting pot. It's nip and tuck. Could go any way. Right, that's enough of the cliches.

1633 Teams are coming back out for the second half.

1631 From Paul Broderick (Mayo) in the Cayman Islands: Congrats to Clarenbridge! Would love to have been there watching it. Best of Luck to St. Brigids. Up the west! Happy St. Paticks Day to all!

1630 'Best of luck to St. Brigid's from Alan Carr all the way up north in Fort McMurray Canada, and wishing everyone a Happy St. Patricks Day at home.'

Thank you, Alan. Same to you.

33 min The Roscommon side edge in front just before the half-time whistle goes through an easy free from Senan Kilbride.

1618 From Martin Ruane (Mayo) in The Philippines: I hope my neighbours from Galway and Ros can bring off the double. Wish I was there. To all GAA fans: Have a great St Patrick's Day.

28 min What a hectic couple of minutes. 1-01 in quick succession for Crossmaglen. Then Brigid's come right back at them with a similar yield. John McEntee replaces Francis Hanratty for the Armagh side.

26 min And we're level again. Senan Kilbride off the left boot tops off a brilliant response from the Connacht outfit.

25 min Goal for St Brigid's! What a response. Karol Mannion's presence causes havoc for the Crossmaglen defenders and Eoin Sheehy benefits from a knock-down to provide the perfect ripose for St Brigid's.

23 min GOAL for Crossmaglen! Aaron Cunningham takes the lay-off from David McKenna after a ball in from Jamie Clarke. Cunningham blasts it past Brigid's keeper Hearty.

22 min A McConville free edges Crossmaglen in front again.

1610 Email: Pat Walsh from Inchaboy, Gort County Galway pulling for St Brigids!!!

21 min Cathal McHugh departs injured for St Brigid's and is replaced by John Tiernan. McHugh looks very disappointed, obviously enough.

1607 For a side making their debuts in Croke Park, St Brigid's look far from overawed. Noel O'Brien will be well satisfied with his charges so far.

17 min Level for a fourth time. Another from Kilbride. Once again from a free.

1604 From Raymond Higgins in Toronto: Happy St.Patricks day Everyone. Best of luck to St.Bridget’s of Roscommon. Turned in online

15 min The Armagh side edge in front. Stephen Kernan lays off to McConville and his finish off the right boot is inch-perfect.

11 min Aaron Kernan levels it up from a free after Oisín McConville is impeded. Tit for tat at this stage. Nothing between them in any respect.

9 min Brigid's are in front. Kilbride does the donkey work and when his pass is gathered by Cathal McHugh, the latter turns and his effort just has enough momentum to drop over Paul Hearty's crossbar.

8 min Senan Kilbride makes a fine catch from a ball in from Frankie Dolan. Kilbride is fouled as he lands. It's an easy free for him and St Brigid's are level as we near the ten-minute mark.

6 min Fine score from Jamie Clarke. He points with the aid of the top of the crossbar.

1553 From Daithi in New York: 'Good luck to Crossmaglen today. Could have been Neasden Gaels year!'

4 min Senan Kilbride with an easy free for Brigid's levels the game up.

3 min Jamie Clarke gets the first score of the game, cutting in from the right and taking a tackle-free point. Crossmaglen are off the mark.

2 min It's 1-1. In terms of wides. Darren Dolan does what McConville did just a minute ago.

1 min Early attempt by Oisín McConville is well wide. Very ambitious effort, even for someone of his class.

1549 Game on.

1548 Amhrán na bhFiann time in Croke Park.

1538 From Orla Healy in Edmonton, Canada: 'Happy St. Patrick's Day. Great win for Clairnbridge! Hope St. Bridget's make it two for the west today! Trying to keep up to date with the match on the quiet in work:)'

1530 Team line-ups for the football final:

Crossmaglen: P Hearty; P McKeown, P Kernan, J Morgan; A Kernan, D O’Callaghan, S Finnegan; J Hanratty, D McKenna; J Clarke, S Kernan, F Hanratty; T Kernan, A Cunningham, O McConville

St Brigid’s: P Martin; R Kelly, D Donnelly, D Sheehy; I Kilbride, P Domican, G Cunniffe; G Dolan, K Mannion; E Sheehy, C McHugh, D Dolan; D O’Connor, S Kilbride, F Dolan

1525 From Declan in San Francisco: 'Crossmaglen have a great chance today.'


Full Time: Clarinbridge 2-18 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-12

1522 A deserved win for the Galway champions, who despite starting nervously, got the measure of their opponents with the Kerins' brothers, David Burke and Enda Collins all contributing handsomely to a famous victory.

62 min: GAME OVER - Clarinbridge 2-18 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-12

61 min Seamie Cummins of Loughlin Gaels is sent off for a wild swing on Conor Forde.

60 min 1 minute of additional time. All academic now. Martin Comerford has only scored 0-01 in this game.

58 min Very loose pull on the Clarinbridge keeper O'Donoghue. Yellow card for Danny Loughnane as a result. The Clarinbridge supporters are in full song now.

54 min Great celebration no doubt awaits in Clarinbridge as they celebrate a first All-Ireland success. O'Loughlin have only scored twice in the second half. Mark Bergin 30-yard free is brilliantly saved by Liam O'Donoghue in the Clarinbridge goal.

52 min GOAL GOAL! Eoin Forde finishes the game as a contest with a fine solo goal. That's 1-04 for him so far.

52 min It's a 1-7 now for Mark Kerins as he belts over a point from 55 yards.

50 min Midfielder Eanna Murphy chips in with a point for the westerners. O'Loughlin Gaels now look a dispirited lot.

46 min Eddie Kearns fouls Paul Coen of Clarinbridge and gets a card. Mark Kerins misses a simple 20-yard free, but he atones in fine style with a point from an acute angle - 40 yards out. One-way traffic now. The Kilkenny side need a goal.

45 min Eoin Forde tops what Kerins just did. Super point from 55 yards.

44 min Alan Kerins scored a majestic point from 50 yards. Niall McEvoy & Martin Comerford need to step yp to the plate for the Kilkenny side.

42 min Clarinbridge's tackling is tenacious. Eoin Forde fires over his third point of the day. The Galway faithful are beginning to believe. They are now the dominant force.

40 min Mark Bergin point narrows the gap. Brian Hogan not as dominant now for O'Loughlin as he was in the first half.

38 min The midfield battle seems to be going the way of Clarinbridge. A 65 from Mark Kerins goes straight over. David Forde No 6 for Clarinbridge is playing well. Enda Collins gets his second point. He has made a telling impact.

37 min Mark Bergin respoonds with a point for O'Loughlin G.

36 min Sub Enda Collins, following a lovely pass from Mark Kerins, puts the Connacht side three clear.

35 min Mark Bergin with another free puts Clarinbridge two clear. They now have momentum.

34 min Mark Bergin misses his fourth free of the day. Seamie Cummins on for the Kilkenny side.

31 min Early free for Clarinbridge. From 20 yards out Mark Kerins and the Galway side hit the front for the first time.

1446 Second half underway.

1443 From Pat Walsh: Kilbeacanty man here pulling for Clarenbridge!!!!!!

1434 The sides are level, but overall the Kilkenny side played the better hurling in the opening period. However, a late surge from Clarinbridge ahas reaped dividends and we are set up for an interesting second period.

34 min Mark Kerins is fouled by two players. Penalty awarded. Kerins' shot is tipped over the bar and the half-time whistle is blown.

32 min GOAL! Mark Kerins goal for Clarinbridge after a long through ball. O'Loughlin Gaels' Andy Kearns gets a yellow card for a foul on Kerins.

1426 From Aonghus Kelly in Sarajevo: 'Keeping an eye on the updates on rte.ie, hopefully the Bridge can pull it back, Brigids triumph and Clongowes win in the RDS.'

32 min Alan Geoghegan scores his second point of the game to break the Clarinbridge momentum.

29 min The West is wakening up and Eoin Forde narrows the gap to three points.

28 min Alan Kerins goes down the field and fires over a fine point for Clarinbridge. Enda Collins in for Stephen Forde on the Clarinbridge side. Three minutes of added time.

27 min Martin Comerford, who has making angles for other players to get possession, scores a fine point.

26 min Jamie Cannon, on the ru,n fires over the best point of the day for Clarinbridge.

23 min Mark Kerins now in midfield for Clarinbridge. Break in play with Brian Burke down injured for the westerners. The magic spray is applied.

22 min The Kilkenny side are scoring with no pressure being applied. Their use of possession is much more economical and they look a much more driven team. Maurice Nolan bangs over another long range point.

21 min Alan Geoghegan, best player on the park, gets his name on the scoreboard with a fine point.

19 min Extra bit of intensity in the game now, Midfield exchanges are hard fought. O'Loughlin G have four wides on the board - Clarinbridge have two.

18 min Mark Kerins' free drops short. Paul Coen picks up the pieces and takes his point. Alan Geoghegan of O'Loughlin G is acquitting himself well in the half-forward line.

16 min The teams today are playing for the Tommy Moore Cup. Mark Bergin is getting far too much space in the middlle of the field and he fires over a fine point.

15 min The Kerins brothers combine - Alan to Mark - and it's over the bar. Clarinbridge now starting to find their stride.

14 min Mark Bergin (0-03) regains his composure and fires over on the run from 45 yards.

13 min Mark Bergin misses an easy free. O'Loughlin Gaels dominant in the half-back line.

1410 'Living and working in London and in work until 3 p.m, will make it back home to watch the Brigid's game! Good Luck to Brigid's from all in Elphin! (Elphin were the beaten Finalists in the Roscommon County Final).' Caitriona Brennan

11 min Clarinbridge off the mark thanks to a long range Eoin Forde point.

9 min Best score of the day from Danny Loughnane. Impossible angle on the Cusack Stand, but the hurley maker had his radar in and O'Loughlin move four clear. No decent ball as of yet has found its way towards the Clarinbridge inside forward line and the Kernins'

7 min A lot of timely intercepts in this game, allied with good stickwork. Paul Coen points for the Galway side, but he takes too many steps. Eagle eyed ref does his job correctly.

5 min Clarinbridge have their first shot in anger at the opposing side, but it drifts harmlessly wide.

4 min O'Loughlin Gaels continue to pile on the pressure and Danny Loughnane fires over from an acute angle.

3 min Bergin atones with a point from 40 yards.

2 min Martin Comerford has started well for the Kilkenny side. Mark Bergin misses an easy free from 30 yards. Looked to me that the ball sailed between the posts.

1 min First score of the game goes to Mark Bergin of o'Loughlin Gaels. Lively start from both sides.

1400 The game is on.

1357 Both teams are in their pre-match huddle with the respective managers giving last minute instructions.

1354 Just five minutes to throw-in at GAA HQ. The referee for the hurling match is Johnny Ryan of Tipperary.

1349 From Ken, New York: 'Like to see Clarinbridge do it in hurling today. Good luck to St. Bridgids today from a Padraig Pearses fan in NY. Get two trophies west of the Shannon.'

1334 From Kieran Kearney: 'Clarinbridge to win. Gutted i can’t be there to see the little village of nice stick men go all the way and do it!

Little village of nice stick men. Interesting choice of words, Kieran.

1330 Christian Steiner has been in touch to say: 'Here in the heart of Switzerland in Interlaken I will follow the match this afternoon with great anticipation and hope for a win by St. Brigid's.'

1300 According to our public poll, most think that O'Loughlin Gaels and Crossmaglen will win today. Do you agree? Email us at sportonline@rte.ie with your thoughts. Or if you're at the games later feel free to send us in a pic.

1245 Just over an hour to go to the hurling final. Looks like an ideal day for action. Bit overcast but the conditions are dry and there's little breeze.

1145 It's St Patrick's Day which means it's All-Ireland Club Finals day at Croke Park.

O'Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny and Clarinbridge of Galway meet in the hurling decider at 2pm.

St Brigid's of Roscommon take on Armagh's Crossmaglen Rangers in the football final at 3.45pm.

We will have live text updates on both games here later. You can get in touch with us by emailing sportonline@rte.ie.

So whether you're in Kilkenny, Galway, Roscommon or Armagh, or somewhere else in Ireland or around the world, get in touch and let us know how you think today's games will go.

Clarinbridge are in their first final since 2002 after coming through an epic semi-final tussle against De La Salle (Waterford) on a scoreline of 3-22 to 1-27.

O'Loughlin Gaels reached today's final courtesy of a straightforward 3-10 to 0-10 semi-final win over Antrim side Loughgiel.

Crossmaglen overcame Dublin's Kilmacud Crokes by 2-11 to 1-12 in the All-Ireland Club Football Championship semi-finals, while St Brigid's reached their first ever club final by edging out Nemo Rangers of Cork by 0-13 to 1-08.